|Amsterdam Adventures: Days 1-3
||[Jul. 13th, 2008|10:22 pm]
Travels of a Dynamic Duo
I'll break this up into a few posts, so all the pictures don't load at once. :)
While I am also keeping a real, live written diary of my time in Amsterdam, I don’t think I feel like typing that verbatim for all of you lovely people to read. Sorry, I just don’t have the time (at least not while I’m here) to type out pages of dialogue, instead you will get short, tiny photo descriptions. Yay!
Keep in mind that there will be TONS of photos, so I will try and separate them by a couple of days. Caveat emptor – these photos are resized to be smaller but if you are using dial-up (Malea) these will take a while to download. Sorry!
I arrived into Amsterdam at 9:15 am on Friday, July 4th. Happy Independence Day, America, I’m jet-lagged. I managed to stay up until around 10pm that night, with a tiny one hour nap around 3pm. Not too shabby.
Does this picture say “I’ve been on a plane for 10 hours” to you?
I meet up with some classmates (Michal and Priya) at the airport and after some confusion, struggle, bad directions, and a train then bus ride, we end up at Prins Hendrikkade 189, our home away from home for the next month. We picked up our keys and headed to our respective apartments/rooms/dorms to unpack, and in my case, take a much needed shower.
My bed materials, thanks to Ikea and the PHK staffers.
The “front” of my building from the courtyard. My room is the top blue door.
Day 2 in Amsterdam
I was relatively rested and went on a walking adventure to find food and to try and get my bearings a bit. I also wanted to head to the flea market in Waterlooplein I knew was nearby.
Some of the people who went with me to the flea market: (L to R) Ita, Fana, Priya, me, and Omnia)
The market had weird/creepy mannequins.
It also had super cute skirts! My inner high school goth rejoiced (but didn’t buy them, as each skirt was around $45).
Bikes and canal bits near the market, which surrounded the Stadhuis.
I think we are taking a boat tour next week. I hope it’s not raining!
Day 3: Sunday
Wandered around with Shamim this morning so he could get a power converter for his laptop.
Not the most flattering picture of me, but here I am on the major tourist street (Damrak) branching off from Central Station, almost to Dam Square.
Still wandering with Shamin for a while.
Push the walk button, silly.
Sunday evening was our orientation. We had bitterbollen! So yummy.
Afterwards, a few of us walked around the Universeitat von Amsterdam (UvA) area to find a notebook. Here are some pictures from our walk around Kalverstraat and Spiustraat.